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Company  Price  Sim  Talk/SMS  Web  Free Int'l  Signup Bonus  Israeli CC  Real TZBlackerry
Hot99₪49₪Unlimited3GB31 countries49₪/6 months*  Yes*Yes*
Golan99₪49₪UnlimitedUnlimited  53 countries  ₪59 /1st yearYesNoNo
01292₪Unlimited3GB42 countries*44₪/6 months  YesYes29₪
Rami Levy89₪59₪Unlimited1GB  No1₪/3 monthsYesYesNo
PelephoneYes*Yes*Free
Partner129/135₪*0₪*Unlimited  1GB/3GBAdd'l 20₪NoNoNo*39₪
CellcomA lot of $180₪  NoNo75₪

Rule #1- The Israeli cell phone service market is difficult. But cheap.
Rule #2- It is illegal for a company to "lock you in" a contract. ALL plans may be cancelled at any time with no penalty. Though, they do prevent you from opening and closing plans by charging a sim card "fee". This fee must always be paid even if paid for once before, and ranges from 39₪ to 180₪.
Rule #3- For those places that need an Israeli credit card, you may need to get one from an Israeli bank with a passport and income information although YMMV.
Rule #4- It is rarely, if ever, worthwhile to rent a "vacation plan" or prepaid, as the price for a regular unlimted plan for a month is less that a vacation plan for a week. Get a GSM phone that covers 900/1800 bands and save your money
Rule #5- All Israeli plans, whether regular or prepaid, include free incoming calls/texts.

Hot- 99₪ a month - includes unlimited calls, text and data (3 gb, then slow) and unlimited to 32 countries. Free home internet supply included. They currently have an offer if you port a number from a different network, to get the first six months for just 49₪ a month. You can move your package to a 10₪ a month plan, which includes 50 minutes and texts. You can also freeze the line once a year for up to 3 months. Regarding signup- you can use an American CC and fake TZ over the phone as one user has done.

Golan - Service is passable, but can be subpar in certain areas. There are two plans with Golan. There's the 99₪ unlimited talk/text/internet/international calling plan, which also gives you up to 2 virtual foreign numbers. This plan also includes for many countries unlimited global data roaming (6GB high-speed), incoming calls & texts, and calls & texts to Israel. They also offer a ₪29 per day data-roaming plan which gives 100MB a day in these countries. These roaming options can be very useful for foreigners regardless of whether they need Golan for Israel. See their website for details.There's a promo deal to get the 99 plan for ₪59 /month for the 1st year. There's also a ₪10 a month plan, which includes 60 min for domestic/US & CA and landlines in many countries, unlimited SMS and 10 MB of Internet, with add'l mins ₪.18 domestic, ₪.08 to US/CA and landlines in many countries, and data ₪.09 /MB. Its great for those short trips here. SIM should work in an iPad for data; you can also order a car SIM which will allow you to have 2 SIMs which draw from same plan.
[To get the sim in the USA before your trip:  golanusa.net will ship it to you for $14 (more for rush) and the 49 nis for the sim. Golan bills on the 25th of the month.  The days before the first 25th are free.(So for a trip between the 26th and the 24th of the month, you don't pay the 59 nis or 99 nis plan fee.)]

012mobile - Runs on Partner service, you will get an 054 number (unless you ported). Unlimited - 49₪ for the first 6 months and 92₪ from thereon after for unlimited everything too. Includes 3GB Data and 500 minutes to US/CA (any phone) and 40 other countries (landlines only). 9₪ plan includes 60 minutes, 60 SMS, and 100MB data. Additional domestic minutes/SMS are ₪ .09, Int'l calls to to US/CA (any phone) and 40 other countries (landlines only) are ₪ .25 per min. Add'l data bundles are available starting from ₪ 19 for 1 GB. 5GB Laptop/Tablet (data only) is 98₪.

Pelephone - Online, they accept fake TZ and US CC.

Partner - 129₪ a month for unlimited talk, text, and 1GB. 135₪ for 3GB. Family plans are cheaper.Free sim for online orders. Extra 20₪/mo. for 500 min. int'l calling. Extra 39₪ for Blackberry. May need to give 500₪ deposit that you (may) get back when you cancel the plan.  One can freeze line without charges for up to 3 months when not needed (not sure if allowed more than once per 12 months).

Misc. Info
APN settingsr

 On Hot Mobile you can check how much data was consumed either by downloading the app or by texting גלישה  to phone number 530 from your hot mobile phone,you can as well try calling this number *6733.

Note by Menucha:
Please note: as of 4/1/13, most carriers reduce period of intro rates and at times increased cost for monthly intro. I suggest we leave the above as is, but please keep in mind new changed, which are not negotiable and based on govt agreements. monthly flat rate is still great and same. (post intro)
Also, while reps wont tell you, typically you will get longer intro rate if you activate account on your own on line, and not via rep (phone or store). confirmed with carrier. Enjoy! flat monthly, even without intro rate is still one of the lowest you will come across in the west!

Israeli cellphone rentals:

1) Talkinisrael.com
Phone: +972587564477
Whatsapp: +972536299365
Email: info@talkinisrael.com 
if you should have any problems feel free to send me a pm and I will try to help you the best I can.
Plans for sale here are primarily for long term rentals.(students and the like.)


2) Israel Rent-a-cell. Only 4 dollars a day for unlimited data! Other great deals are also available for students and monthly rentals!  Contact  atIsraelrentacell@gmail.com. Or call 914-336-4760 ( free delivery in U.S! Also last second pickup and delivery options available)

3) Cellular Israel - 072-224-3300 or 718-289-0195

4) Simforisrael@gmail.com free delivery to anywhere

5) UnlimitedIsrael (DansDeals Advertiser with many positive reviews on DDMS & DDF) is the leading provider of SIM card & iPhone rentals for Israel in the US.
  • Unlimited calls & texts within Israel
  • Unlimited calling to the US and Canada
  • Lightning Fast 4G Internet Speeds
  • Unlimited 4G data
  • Sim Cards - $5/day
  • iPhones - $45/week
  • Kosher Phone - $4/day
  • Mifi Hotspot - $6/day
Use code SUAVE10 for 10% off any order

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5740 on: May 01, 2022, 12:54:43 PM »
Need a long term plan in Israel what are my cheapest options?
Requirements are American Number, unlimited call text local, at least 70gb data.
Using for a kosher phone or flip phone?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5741 on: May 03, 2022, 07:05:44 PM »
Using for a kosher phone or flip phone?
70gb of data in a kosher or flip phone??

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5742 on: June 09, 2022, 09:21:24 PM »
Anyone have experience with eSIM cards in Israel? From what I understand, these come with data only (no phone/text).

Can you recommend a company? I've seen Airalo (https://www.airalo.com/israel-esim), looks like there are mixed reviews though (https://www.trustpilot.com/review/airalo.com).

Hoping to combine Verizon Wireless Travelpass ($10/day for unlimited talk and text on your American number, plus your regular data allotment) with eSIM for extra data since my VZW plan has very little data. I don't need an Israeli number, I'll use Skype or What'sApp.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5743 on: June 10, 2022, 03:51:34 PM »
Need a long term plan in Israel what are my cheapest options?
Requirements are American Number, unlimited call text local, at least 70gb data.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5744 on: June 12, 2022, 12:26:32 AM »
Anyone have experience with eSIM cards in Israel? From what I understand, these come with data only (no phone/text).

Can you recommend a company? I've seen Airalo (https://www.airalo.com/israel-esim), looks like there are mixed reviews though (https://www.trustpilot.com/review/airalo.com).

Hoping to combine Verizon Wireless Travelpass ($10/day for unlimited talk and text on your American number, plus your regular data allotment) with eSIM for extra data since my VZW plan has very little data. I don't need an Israeli number, I'll use Skype or What'sApp.
https://tripletel.com/
Forward your VZW number.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5745 on: June 12, 2022, 01:08:05 AM »
https://tripletel.com/
Forward your VZW number.
How do you forward the VZW number, through Verizon or through the Israeli sim company?
I'm sure it's a simple thing to do but I have no idea how to do these things.
Thanks.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5746 on: June 12, 2022, 01:09:25 AM »
How do you forward the VZW number, through Verizon or through the Israeli sim company?
I'm sure it's a simple thing to do but I have no idea how to do these things.
Thanks.
It is through your US carrier but the SIM provider should help you set it up.
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5747 on: June 12, 2022, 01:24:42 AM »
It is through your US carrier but the SIM provider should help you set it up.

https://www.verizon.com/articles/call-forwarding-everything-you-need-to-know/

From the phone to forward FROM, Dial *72-000-000-0000  (replace zeros with the phone number to forward TO)
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Dial *73 from original phone.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5748 on: June 13, 2022, 11:12:33 PM »
Going to Greece and Israel for 2 weeks. Looking for a sim card I can get in the US. I don't need a US number.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5749 on: June 14, 2022, 09:26:37 AM »
Thanks, but this company seems to offer a physical SIM card. I am interested in eSIM, which stands for embedded SIM. Newer phones have a built-in SIM card that can be programmed with the data typically stored on a physical SIM card. This way you don't need the physical SIM card. Alot of phones have "dual SIM" with one slot for a physical SIM card, and one eSIM built into the phone (or some phones can take 2 physical SIM cards).

Anyone try eSIM for an Israeli phone/data plan?

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Forward your VZW number.

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5751 on: June 15, 2022, 11:31:37 AM »
Thanks, but this company seems to offer a physical SIM card. I am interested in eSIM, which stands for embedded SIM. Newer phones have a built-in SIM card that can be programmed with the data typically stored on a physical SIM card. This way you don't need the physical SIM card. Alot of phones have "dual SIM" with one slot for a physical SIM card, and one eSIM built into the phone (or some phones can take 2 physical SIM cards).

Anyone try eSIM for an Israeli phone/data plan?
Cellular Israel has use https://cellularisrael.com/cellular-one-talk-and-text-rental.html link to place an order
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5753 on: June 16, 2022, 06:31:38 PM »
That's not Esim
Correct the url. Is not an esim. Place an order and you will see they will send you a qr fo an esim. You can pm if you have any issue
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5754 on: June 22, 2022, 07:40:34 PM »
Can an unlocked Alcatel Smartflip GSM phone work in Israel with an Israeli SIM card?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5755 on: June 24, 2022, 03:44:31 PM »
TalknSave charges American Bachurim in Israel $17.51 monthly for Kosher phone service (no text, no internet), which comes with both an Israeli & American phone number.
Is there a way to get it for less?
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5756 on: June 27, 2022, 03:11:09 PM »
Try Cellular Israel or Bestphone.
If you just need a number for your parents to call you (and you them), get the cheapest Israeli plan that has the minutes you need, and sign up for free calls to the us at REBTEL.com. It uses an access number. The best part is when you call s/o, they get a us number on caller ID, if they call it back, it rings your phone!

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5757 on: June 27, 2022, 05:21:40 PM »
TalknSave charges American Bachurim in Israel $17.51 monthly for Kosher phone service (no text, no internet), which comes with both an Israeli & American phone number.
Is there a way to get it for less?
Thanks.
that's with out the hidden fees

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5758 on: June 27, 2022, 05:22:38 PM »
Try Cellular Israel or Bestphone.
If you just need a number for your parents to call you (and you them), get the cheapest Israeli plan that has the minutes you need, and sign up for free calls to the us at REBTEL.com. It uses an access number. The best part is when you call s/o, they get a us number on caller ID, if they call it back, it rings your phone!
When I was in yeshiva I used cellular Israel, great service. And you can get the phone in the states

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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« Reply #5759 on: June 28, 2022, 02:00:48 PM »
Try Cellular Israel or Bestphone.
If you just need a number for your parents to call you (and you them), get the cheapest Israeli plan that has the minutes you need, and sign up for free calls to the us at REBTEL.com. It uses an access number. The best part is when you call s/o, they get a us number on caller ID, if they call it back, it rings your phone!
Didn't work for me. Receiver saw my reg Israel number.
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